This year the Tissington Well-Dressings will take place between Thursday May 9 to Wednesday 15 May and six wells will be dressed as usual in the beautiful Estate village.
Each well has a team of 20-30 volunteers that contribute to the setting up of the dressing and the event. As the village only has 40 cottages and 150 inhabitants the teams are drawn from the local area including Ashbourne. The collages take roughly 200 ‘man hours’ to create and are often of biblical themes and images.
During the Week, the village (which has been in the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years) welcomes about 35,000 visitors to view the dressings. And of course during the week the usual shops and attractions are open for business including
- The newly refurbished and award-winning Old Coach House Tearooms
- The award winning Edward and Vintage sweet shop.
- White Peak Farm Butchery
- Acanthus Craft Shop
- On a Wick and a Prayer Candle Shop
- Glass at the Barn
- The Bluebell Inn & Restaurant
- Bassett Wood Farm B & B serving teas at the Village Hall
As testament to the hard work that he puts in annually at Well Dressings and around the village during the year Les Alcock , was awarded a Community Award from the Mayor of Derbyshire Dales District Council for his stalwart efforts in preserving this ancient tradition. Speaking of the Award Les said ‘It’s always nice to be recognised by the Community but I am just one of a number of people that contribute to the whole event. It binds the Village together and I am enormously proud of our combined achievements’.
The Guest Preacher this year at the annual Service of Blessing of the Wells will be the Venerable Dr Christopher Cunliffe, Archdeacon of Derby. He will preach at the Service at St Mary’s’ Church at 11am on Ascension Day, 9th May 2013, which will be followed by the procession and blessing of the Wells. The Vicar of Tissington Rev Andy Larkin will take the service and lead his fellow clergy around the village.
Photos from 2011